Audrey Magee's spare and resonant tale finds ordinary, flawed Germans swept up in the horrors of Nazi Germany, writes Ben East
Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody and children’s illustrator Oliver Jeffers are among the artists giving talks and readings at the four-day festival in Seamus Heaney’s home county of Derry
Controversy as Giuseppe Grassonelli's Malerba wins Sciascia-Racalmare prize, named after writer who challenged Cosa Nostra
Expert on China who dared to criticise Mao's cultural revolution and the gullibility of western sinophiles
The classicist Robert Kaster is a knowledgable and engaging guide as he journeys along the queen of Roman roads, writes PD Smith
This lucid translation of Pavlov's powerful quasi-autobiographical novel confronts the horror of Russian history, writes Phoebe Taplin
Andrey Kurkov, the author of Death and the Penguin, is ideally placed to guide us through the Ukrainian revolution as it unfolds, writes Oliver Bullough
Sven Marquardt says it's about the right mix, even if that means 'letting in the odd lawyer with his Gucci-Prada wife'
Owen Matthews's book about the Russian courtier and adventurer is packed with rumbustious merchants, nautical japes and brutal history. By Victoria Segal
Jane Housham on a tale of globalisation, eroticism – and male sexual dysfunction
Forget your tired notions of cold war eastern Europe: Sukhdev Sandhu hails a new cultural exploration by a 'middle-class, over-educated Polish girl'
Few writers have visited Gibraltar, and those who have disliked it. So why would you set a novel there? By Thomas Mogford
Italian writer, who died 25 years ago, lived in Racalmuto, where residents are campaigning for his former house to be saved
Historian who revolutionised the study of German society and became one of the country's leading public intellectuals